The question is, where is the free exercise of religion for health care workers?
Also, where does this leave the military?
This from the opening page of the “stay” order:
“Applicants now seek emergency relief from this Court, arguing that OSHA’s mandate exceeds its statutory authority and is otherwise unlawful. Agreeing that applicants are likely to prevail, we grant their applications and stay the rule.”
At the end of the decision for 100+ employees companies we read the conclusion for the “stay”:
“The applications for stays presented to JUSTICE KAVANAUGH and by him referred to the Court are granted. OSHA’s COVID–19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard, 86 Fed. Reg. 61402, is stayed pending disposition of the applicants’ petitions for review in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and disposition of the applicants’ petitions for writs of certiorari, if such writs are timely sought. Should the petitions for writs of certiorari be denied, this order shall terminate automatically. In the event the petitions for writs of certiorari are granted, the order shall terminate upon the sending down of the judgment of this Court. It is so ordered.”
A couple days ago, Tucker interviewed “Center for American Liberty CEO and civil rights attorney Harmeet Dhillon” on “the constitutionality of President Biden’s COVID-19 OSHA vaccine regulations.” She said:
“The fact the court is still sitting on this and hasn’t ruled yet produces tremendous expense, uncertainty, stress and disruption to the American economy. I really hope for the sake of all those employees, employers that the court rules quickly so that we can move on and arrange our affairs accordingly.”
Yep. I agree with that. And as a priest, I add that the (cardinal) (arch)bishops aren’t helping matters, indeed, are directly hurting the Lord’s Little Flock when they forbid priests who cannot, will not get the “vaccine” to administer Sacraments. The (cardinal) (arch)bishops who have not directly attacked priests say that they are waiting for the decision of the SCOTUS. No. They are just cowards. The mandate is in full effect already. They say NOTHING. They are derelict in their duties as shepherds of the flock. They are fake, fraudulent shepherds. Harmeet Dhillion continued:
“Meanwhile, we all know that this vaccine is not particularly effective against the current version of the virus,” she said, “so it all really undermines both citizen confidence in the judiciary and the legislature and in public health. This is really a bad situation for the future of public health in our country, the way the government is handling this particular situation.”
As a priest, I add that the cowardly inaction of the (cardinal) (arch)bishops is really a bad situation for the future of the Church in our country, in the world, the way that the (cardinal) (arch)bishops are handling this particular situation.
And that stated rebellion earns me not just a weekly $14,000.00 fine, but about $140,000.00 in fines come January 4, 2022. I have sincerely held religious objections. I have a medical exemption. I have super strong natural immunity. No one cares about that. Not being able to pay the fines, looks like jail for me. Unless one uses one’s brain.
“Just lie about it, Father George!”
No. I’m not going to lie. I will stand with my flock, whoever that is, wherever that person is. I’ll take the consequences. Besides, I don’t want a $10,000.00 fine and six months in prison, which is the penalty for lying. And then you’ll get the other fines anyway.
“Just wear a mask and get tested, Father George! Don’t be so dramatic!”
I’m not ever going to wear a mask while I pronounce the words of consecration at Holy Mass. Guaranteed. This is a big deal, actually. Other examples of breath include Jesus breathing on the apostles so that they might receive the Holy Spirit to forgive sins. Or how about the early rites of exorcism in which breathing on a subject was part of the rite?
“But just wear the mask to get tested, Father George! Come on, man! You know, the Thing!”
I’ll be betrayed by some self-righteous Catholic coming to one of my Masses from around the USA. Most visitors are super Catholic, but some freak out about social distancing and masks and such. One threatened to write all sorts of letter to any powers that be to complain that I breathed on the Hosts at the altar because I was standing there with no mask.
Anyway, I wonder how testing once or twice weekly is going to work out with really a lot of people all of sudden needing tests and people spending all day at testing sites. Whose not going to get fired for that?
“But you just can’t quit the priesthood, Father George! Don’t be a quitter! Get with the program! You’re racist if you don’t!”
I’m not asking to be “laicized” or suspended from the sacraments. God forbid! No. If the Diocese is going to comply – illegally, actually – with Joe Biden’s anti-Constitution mandate, what I will ask for is that my salary be taken away, and that whatever is considered to be part of that salary is also removed, including the right to live in a rectory, any perks like a car allowance. In effect, it would be like getting “fired” from secular employment. Meanwhile, I would still volunteer to provide the sacraments and Mass in the parish. In this way, the Diocese wouldn’t be liable for me. Here’s the fact: Joe Biden isn’t going to be president forever, right? So, I’ll financially take a hit. Big deal. I’ll keep my conscience intact. Why be a priest if I can’t keep my conscience intact.
As I write this, the Biden mandate has been “stayed” by a judge… for Texas only. Good news. But Joey couldn’t care less about the Constitution or any sort of rule of law anyway. And, it seems to me, neither does SCOTUS. And, this is done under emergency powers. SCOTUS is going to be mighty hesitant to mess with that.
All these nurses et alii, because they are fired, will have no pay, no insurance. The hospital is Presbyterian. But don’t blame the Presbies. Here in Andrews, NC, the Presbies are like those who just now have been fired; they’ve remained open since the beginning, just like the little Catholic church in Andrews, NC.
The reason for the firings doesn’t have anything to do with any fear of any Faucian Chinese Communist Party virus, but rather the OSHA administered $14,000 per incident fine coming down upon those companies with more than 100 employees, or coming down upon those self-employed contractors with companies with more than 100 employees, that is, including all un-vaxed (arch)diocesan priests working for any (arch)diocese in these USA, that is, all ministers and preachermen right across the country.
But the new “reconciliation” bill for which Joe Manchin refuses to vote at the moment, states, on page 168, that the fine is not going to be $14,000, but rather a fine of $700,000 per un-vaxed person. Get that? In fact, the explicitly stated intention is to bankrupt all institutions who let un-vaxed workers work.
So, I mean, like, what weak (arch)bishop is going to retain even one priest who is un-vaxed? Not one, is the answer. Instead, those weak (arch)bishops are tougher than the Federal government dares to be, giving the green light to the government to be even more draconian. The Feds provide options of religious exemptions and weekly testing. Do the weak (arch)bishops do that? No. In fact, they are angry at the Federal government for embarrassing them about options the weak (arch)bishops refuse to tolerate.
Oh, a GREAT summary by Tucker about all this:
“But Father George! Father George! You and that Tucker guy are so dramatic! Get real! You know very well, Father George, that there is almost no (arch)bishop or (arch)diocesan priest in this world who is un-vaxed, and so… what are you talking about?! There will be no fines, because all those guys are vaxed, like twice, and, like, with three or four booster shots, daily booster shots, intravenous boosters that they walk around with on rolling intravenous poles you can get on Amazon for $35 bucks, really nice, you know, to set, like, a good example! You know that, Father George! You’re being misleading! You’re scaring people into thinking that churches will be shut down! You know that’s not true, Father George! You’re an ol’ meanie! You should be stopped, Father George!”
Meanwhile, wards and hospitals are shutting down. Meanwhile, priests are being forbidden to provide the sacraments in (arch)diocese after (arch)diocese. It’s not Jesus and His Little Flock but rather money that is “PRECIOUS” –
I don’t want to turn into that. But I daily see (arch)bishops and their priests turn into.. that… They lust for that, envy that, wanna be Gollum at his worst, which they think is the best for anyone.
It’s like a priest who told me flat out that he would abandon the flock to serve the Lord another day, because that’s the smart thing to do. He’ll be able to advance over the corpses of his brothers. But anyone who plays the mercenary for the sake of being a shepherd will always be the mercenary and never a shepherd. That priest is not an outlier. They are most common today.
Here’s a video, an analogy, on the brutality of wolves who don’t bother to hide themselves with sheep’s clothing, but just outright attack the Lord’s Little Flock in front of God and the whole world, dramatically playing up fearsomeness for the lights and camera, which they pay for, because they are proud of what they do in attacking the Lord’s Little Flock. How brave! Wolves attacking sheep! Such leaders! Such heroes! “We’re happy there are pro-life people, but we’ll move forward with vaccines anyways!”
Meanwhile, please God, this priest, yours truly, will not get vaxed, and will protect the least of the brethren in the womb, the least of the Lord’s Little Flock. Dear Jesus, please make it so. Please make it that there will be plenty of (arch)diocesan priests and (arch)bishops and Cardinals and upwards with whom I will be able to join, those who protect, who are not mercenaries, but who are true shepherds. Meanwhile, I rejoice in this scene and the words of the Magnificat which have special incisiveness in our days:
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”
///Update:I got some legal advice about all this and took down this post not long after I put it up, as I realized it needed some rewriting. I’m not an attorney, so I spoke with someone with lots of legalese background. I had just a minute to do that before chasing off for many hours of pastoral work. Finally, here’s the quite entirely rewritten post: ///
OSHA, the henchman of Joe Biden, is likely to trample on exemptions claimed as medical, religious and from Natural Law (as delineated in the Constitution with caselaw precedents). Biden and OSHA would rather you die from medical contraindications and that you spiritually die by compromising with moral contraindications. Remember, big pharma murders the little ones in order to extract their living organs for research and/or development and/or testing of their “vaccines”.
Just your basic citizen, Ben Shapiro, is ready to fight this in court. Good on you, Ben.
I’m waiting for news from any (arch)diocese doing the same for… who?
Are teachers in Catholic parochial schools regular employees of whatever (arch)diocese? I’m guessing that they are independent contractors without any serious labor union. In most places right around the world they have one year contracts. Does that change for some over time?
Are any remunerated workers in any parish (groundskeepers, sacristans, secretaries, et al.) considered salaried workers or independent contractors?
Are some of those working in chanceries salaried or are they all independent contractors?
For tax purposes, priests are considered independent contractors, that is, self-employed.
So, there’s likely a wide variety of circumstances, but any (arch)diocese might want to put out some guidance or a statement of their intentions, such as a bid for a stay of execution of OSHA’s anti-Constitution overreach even while they file litigation. But I haven’t seen much of that going on, have you?
“But Father George! You don’t understand! We have religious exemptions!”
No. You don’t. Because it hasn’t come to that, not because a declaration has been made to date as far as I know about absolutely disallowing exemptions of any kind, but because of the process.
The mandate is already made, and OSHA is the henchman, now promising to review any kind of exemption for whatever reason, eager to claim that any such exemptions are illegitimate for any salaried personnel and all independent contractors.
Every (arch)diocese is subject to OSHA oversight. OSHA will insist that any religious exemption for all salaried personnel and all independent contractors is fraudulent on the basis that pretty much any given (arch)bishop has promoted getting vaccines and has opened up their church campuses to be used as injection clinics. The hypocrisy would be total, and so it’s easy to call out.
Meanwhile, there’s a $14,000 fine per incident. That might fall on any (arch)diocese for regular salaried individuals. Would an (arch)diocese attempt to dock the pay of those salaried workers, however illegally, or just outright terminate any non-vaxers?
What about independent contractors who all have to post OSHA injury/death proclamations, whose names they have because of the regular reporting to OSHA wrought by any (arch)diocese? OSHA merely has to press a button to send out notifications to millions of independent contractors, such as priests, demanding proof of vaccine or weekly proof of testing, along with the threat of a $14,000 fine, to be paid not by any (arch)diocese (which will likely not be overly concerned about the issue), but to be paid by any independent contractor. That’s between him and OSHA. The (arch)diocese has nothing to do with it.
As OSHA sends out notifications to employers of salaried employees or to contracted workers, that’s when there will be a chance to claim any religious exemptions.
A great bit of advice I received as a priest, an “independent contractor” (self-employed) was to drag the matter out with exquisitely polite and courteous language, not in the form of a “karen” (who wishes to impose on others), but in the form of the sincerely ignorant citizen just trying to understand the situation: “I don’t understand this mandate. Is it legally binding in this constitutional republic having the rule of law? This seems to be illegal. Please explain.”
But as all of that continues over months, the time will nevertheless come quickly when you either pay, or have one’s bank accounts or any assets seized. Once any process like that starts, it’s hard to stop. “Independent contractors” like priests are convenient examples to smack down as they often have hundreds and thousands in any parish and every last person will be looking to their leadership or lack thereof.
It would be great if any (arch)diocese would proclaim that they are preparing litigation, ready to proceed up the chain to the Supreme Court, defending their regular salaried workers and also speaking out on behalf of any “independent contractors” without whom any (arch)diocese shuts down entirely. Sad to say, I think most priests and (arch)bishops have already been vaxed, have even coerced their priests and parishes to get vaxed, and are chomping at the bit to get their third booster shots.
For a priest to removed from the harassment hit-list, he will have to resign his being an independent contractor. Many have said that a priest must not quit, but must rather be actively taken out by any (arch)bishop. But in this case, that won’t happen. Any penalty will not hit any (arch)diocese, but merely the contracting priest. Period. So, who cares. In order to avoid draconian penalties the priest will have to stop any contract and move out of any supplied residence, stop taking any remuneration, any insurance, all that which would bind him as a “self-employed” “independent contractor.” OSHA insistence will no longer apply to him.
Hopefully, any (arch)bishop will not remove any strictly religious faculties such as for absolving sin.
Meanwhile, I know a(n) (arch)bishop who praised pro-lifers for not wanting to get the “vaccine,” and then immediately said that nevertheless he will be pushing the “vaccine.” That’s as bad as Wilton Gregory saying that Joe Biden gets it wrong regarding abortion, but then proceeds nevertheless to give him Holy Communion.
But Father George! Father George! You never had to get any “vaccine” under the “vaccine mandate.” You have the option of getting a weekly Covid test!”
Well, here’s the deal. I have the strongest antibodies against Covid as anyone in the world. My doctor did all three antibody tests and I was super strong on all three. But no one is interested in this. It’s not about Covid. It’s about manipulation of consciences, social engineering: your body is owned by the State. That goes beyond the atheistic communism of the Stalinist Soviet Union. America disappears. The Constitution disappears. That’s what this is about.
As for the weekly test. I was tested early on with those long swabs that go right to the back of your nasal cavities:
Those can get infected quite easily. I know people whose infections have eaten through into their bone structure of their skulls. Yep. That’s the last thing I need. Any agitation of, say, areas 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 would cause an edema reaction that would shut off my ability to breath within minutes. In the other areas, say 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, it would only take some extra minutes for this to happen. This severe reaction is from a extremely rare hereditary condition. People think I’m so dramatic, but my mom died from this. Please don’t make fun of my mom in her last moments of agonizing suffocation. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. About 1/3 die from this. You can die this way even right in front of doctors in an emergency room because they don’t know what’s happening because the condition is so incredibly rare. My own doctor some decades ago told me that this had just happened to a young man in the emergency room of the hospital down the street. I don’t want to do this smacking of the back of the nasal cavities with those long swabs again.
Upshot (so to speak): I hope litigation quickly ends the murderous hunting down of “criminals” like me who refuse to get vaxed on both medical and religious and natural law and constitutional grounds. But that will take the Supreme Court, which at this point could go either way.
Is anyone aware of any (arch)diocese which is offering any advice about any of this to priests or other of their workers?
Would it be prudential to get my things ready to move? I mean, I realize I’m an outlier, in that I’m guessing that the vast majority of priests and bishops are vaxed and despise those priests who hold up any pro-life resistance, so that it might be the case of “good riddance” for the mere few who don’t get vaxed, you know, those who are not “men of consensus” in a sign-of-contradiction vocation are to be thrown out as trash.